Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
First sentence: “Julia Donnelly eggs my house the first night I’m back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything. “
This pretty sums up my reading experience of 99 Days—
Day 1: Ready to embrace 99 Days.
Day 25: Totally sucked into this story. Need to know more.
Day 48: Ughhhh, so dull. WHY IS NOTHING EXCITING HAPPENING? WHY IS EVERYBODY SO ANNOYING?
Day 99: Thank god I’m finished with this book. *tosses book away*
99 Days follows Molly Barlow who returns to her hometown for the summer and discovers that her scandal with the Donnelly brothers has not been forgotten or forgiven. She has to deal with the repercussions of her actions as well as an angry Donnelly sister who makes her feelings about Molly very clear by egging her house and whatnot; the two Donnelly brothers who seem to still have feelings for her despite everything that happened; a friend who isn’t there for her (but she really isn’t at fault); a mom Molly refuses to talk to because of her part in the scandal; and a summer job that gives Molly her only sense of peace.
I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.
COVER CHANGE: How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Today, we look at the cover How to Love by Katie Cotugno!
Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.
After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?
In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.
Why I’m waiting?
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of books like this one – where the guy “disappears” from town, having no idea that he’s leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend. It’s a tired and predictable plot. I’m hoping that the plot will go in a different, surprising direction than my expectations. That said, I pick this book for “Waiting On” because I love the cover. It’s very simple and sweet.
What books are you waiting for on this Wednesday?